School Events

There are no events to display

News

Meet the Team

Hannah Candelario

Hannah Candelario
Class of 2001
Titles: Director of Advancement
Degrees: B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder
Hawaii Preparatory Academy
A.A.S, Le Cordon Bleu California Culinary Academy
Email:
Biography:

In this role, Hannah serves the alumni, parents, and friends of HPA as they consider ways to support the school. Prior to returning to the Big Island in February 2015, Hannah served as the Director of Development at Base Camp Studio in Bend, OR, where she managed grants, events, donor relations, and community outreach. Before her time in Oregon, she lived in Reno, NV, where she worked for six years at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada in advancement and oversaw the Child Nutrition Program initiatives.

Hannah is a current board member of Montessori Education Center of Hawai'i, and is a community supporter of Hui Aloha Kiholo, North Hawai’i Hospice, Kahilu Theatre, Waimea Country School, Parker School, and Waimea Elementary.

Kelly Davis

Kelly Davis
Class of '03
Degrees: B.S., Southern Oregon University
Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Certified Teacher of English as a Second Language
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 808-881-4036
Biography:

Originally from Kona, Kelly moved after college to Fukuoka, Japan, where he taught English for 3 years as part of the Japanese Exchange Teaching Program. He then served as Manager of South Sydney Juniors, a Rugby League Club in Sydney, Australia before returning to HPA in the spring of 2015.

Tiffany Freitas

Titles: Advancement Support Specialist
Degrees: B.A., University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
M.A., University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 808-881-4076
Biography:

Tiffany is the Advancement Support Specialist and works with a wide range of advancement programs with specific focus on events and donor stewardship. Prior to joining Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy, and for the past decade, Tiffany worked with local non-profit agencies, such as the Department of Education, Child and Family Services and Family Support Services here in Hawaiʻi. Tiffany and her husband Jason, are the proud parents of two HPA students.

Zaheva Knowles

Zaheva Knowles
Titles: Director of Alumni Programs
Degrees: B.A., Hampshire College
J.D., Northeastern University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 808-881-4040
Biography:

Zaheva Stevens Knowles is the Director of Alumni Programs. Prior to joining HPA, she was the Executive Director at West Hawaiʻi Mediation Center. Previously, Zaheva served as an Associate in the Litigation Department at Cades Schutte LLP and was a staff attorney at the Disability Rights Legal Center at Loyola Law School. She also worked for several years as an Associate in the Litigation Department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, in New York City, and was a law clerk for the Honorable Julian Abele Cook, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Having spent her childhood on the Big Island, Zaheva is passionate about helping to create and sustain a vibrant, thriving community for all Hawai‘i families. She lives with her husband David '94 and their son in Waimea, Hawai‘i.

Janet Melton

Janet Melton
Titles: Director of Parent Programs
Degrees: B.S., Virginia Tech
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 808-881-4044
Biography:
Janet joined the Advancement team in January of 2013 as the event and parent programs coordinator and was named as the Director of Parent Programs in 2018.

Previously, Janet worked in college counseling and managed the student bookstore. Prior to that, she was a laboratory clinician at Clinch Valley Hospital in Wise, Virginia. Janet is the proud parent of three HPA students.

Shawn Saito

Titles: Senior Advancement Specialist
Degrees: B.A., University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 808-881-4051
Biography:

Shawn Saito joined HPA in 2015 after working in property management for nine years at Parker Ranch, prior to which she spent many years in development and public relations for non-profits that included Bishop Museum, Temari-Center for Pacific and Asian Arts, and the St. Francis Foundation of Hawaiʻi. In January 2017, she moved into her role as the advancement specialist supporting the HPA Fund and alumni relations. She now focuses on young alumni programming, as well as managing advancement’s communications calendar and associated projects. Shawn resides in Waimea, where she was born and raised, with her husband Miles and their daughter Emma ’18.

Sheri Salmon

Class of 2003
Titles: Advancement Specialist II: Donor Stewardship
Degrees: B.A., University of Hawaii, Manoa
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 808-881-4058
Biography:

In this role, Sheri supports a wide range of Advancement Programs with her main focus being grant support and donor stewardship. With a degree in Elementary Education, Sheri spent most of her years after graduation in the public school system as a Behavioral Therapist. Prior to returning to her alma mater, Sheri was the Director of Operations at a local non-profit organization where she specialized in community outreach, grants, and program development.

Top Banner Photos